Deflexion - strategy with lasers

The game of Deflexion involves abstract strategy similar in process to the game of chess, wherein players take alternate turns to move their pieces over the board before firing a laser, the path of which is determined by positioning mirrored sides on the playing pieces.

If a piece is struck by the laser on one of its non-mirrored sides, then it is eliminated.

To begin, each player has 14 Egyptian-themed pieces arranged in one of the opening set-up configurations, with a laser set into the furthest right hand column as the player faces the board.

The aim of Deflexion is to try and position the playing pieces in such a way that the laser beam reflects onto the opposing Pharaoh thereby destroying it, but at the same time each player must devise a strategy to protect their own Pharaoh from being struck. A player can choose to either move a piece one square in any direction on each turn, or rotate a playing piece by 90 degrees in either a clockwise or a counterclockwise direction. After each move that player then fires their laser and any pieces which are struck on a non-mirrored side are eliminated and removed from play.

The Pharaoh is the most important piece, similar to the King in a game of chess as it is both relatively weak and rarely moved unless under attack. If it is struck by the laser then it is destroyed and its owner has lost the game.

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Opposing players have two Djeds. These are larger pieces used for attacking and defending. They have two mirrors, which makes them versatile, but even though they cannot eliminated from the game they can be used against their owner. They can also change places with other adjacent pieces like an obelisk or a pyramid, no matter their color.

Each player has seven Pyramid pieces, but each one has only a single diagonal mirror on one surface. If a Pyramid is hit by the laser on a non-mirrored side, then it is eliminated and removed from the board. This means that while they are excellent for deflecting lasers they can also become vulnerable.

Obelisks are shaped like large pillars and have no mirrored sides. To be hit by the laser is to be eliminated, therefore Obelisks are used for sacrificing in tight strategies. At the start of the game, opponents have two stacks of two Obelisks each, and though they can be unstacked and re-stacked with strategy as the game progresses, if one is hit when it is stacked, then only the top Obelisk is removed from the board.

Deflexion underwent a name change to 'Khet' in 2006, and though the same rules remain the opposing colors changed from gold/silver to red/silver and a piece called The Eye of Horus was introduced as a means for splitting the laser beam's directionality.

A second level, called the 'Tower of Kadesh' was added to the game in 2008 giving a three dimensional expansion to the field of play.

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